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Sasha Johnson: BLM Activist in critical condition following London shooting

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BLM activist Sasha Johnson is in intensive care after the shooting in southeast London

Authorities took Sasha Johnson to intensive care after she sustained a gunshot to the head. The UK mother of two was a BLM activist.

London’s Metropolitan Police released a statement saying the shooting occurred near a house in Southwark, in the city’s southeast.

Her political party, Taking the Initiative Party, (TTIP) said she had previously received death threats due to her activism. However, London police say the shooting was not targeted.

Who was Sasha Johnson?

Johnson became a public figure during the UK Black Lives Matter protests in 2020.

She gained prominence as an organiser and speaker at Black Lives Matter protests around the United Kingdom in 2020.

“Sasha has always been actively fighting for black people and the injustices that surround the black community, as well as being both a member of BLM and a member of Taking the Initiative Party’s executive leadership committee,” the party statement said.

“She was a strong, powerful voice for our people and our community.”

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Johnson had previously been a vocal supporter of the campaign to remove the statue of Cecil Rhodes from Oxford University.  Rhodes was a British imperialist who wanted to continue British rule in South Africa.

Was this a targeted attack?

The police said the force’s Specialist Crime Command was investigating the incident.

“There is nothing to suggest that the woman who was shot was the subject of a targeted attack or that she had received any credible threats against her prior to this incident,” the statement said.

This claim was disputed by her TTIP, who say Johnson had received “several death threats”.

“This was a shocking incident that has left a young woman with very serious injuries. Our thoughts are with her family who are being provided with support at this terribly difficult time,” Detective Chief Inspector Jimi Tele said.

This comes after Tokyo banned olympians were from wearing BLM apparel..

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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Russia defaults on foreign debt for the first time in a century

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Russia has failed to pay out its overseas debt for the first time in over 100 years

The country missed its Sunday deadline due to challenges in transferring the payments to international creditors.

Moscow has the funds to make the 100 million dollar payment but sanctions have complicated the process.

The country is unhappy with the situation with the finance minister calling the situation “a farce”.

The last time that Russia defaulted on its foreign debt was in 1918 when leader Vladimir Lenin did not pay out debts on behalf of the Russian Empire.

Russia has been hit with sanctions by a number of countries in response to its invasion of Ukraine.

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Over 20 young people mysteriously die at nightclub

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Authorities in South Africa are investigating the deaths of 22 people, who were mysteriously found in a nightclub

Victims were found spread across the tables and floors in a coastal town.

They have been taken for testing, as authorities scramble to find a cause of death.

South Africa’s President is sending his “deepest condolences” to families of the victims, most of whom are teenagers.

The tragedy has taken place during Youth Month, where South Africa pushes for more opportunities to help young people from poor socio-economic backgrounds.

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Deadly stadium collapse at bullfighting event in Columbia

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At least four people have died, and 500 injured at a bullfighting stadium in Columbia

Videos show a stand collapsing during the event, as emergency workers race to help.

Local media reports that hospitals have begun helping those who were injured.

The nation’s newly-elected President is calling for an end to bullfighting, tweeting that tragedies like this have already happened in the past.

He is urging local authorities to not allow more shows that involve the death of people or animals.

Investigations continue into the cause of the collapse.

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